The Williams Yellowjackets volleyball season in under way and this year’s team is stacked with talent. A 14-team person consisting of juniors and seniors shows a dominant force all around the court.
“We lost a good set of seniors from our front row but the incoming talent should be plenty to replenish those spots for a competitive year,” said Head Coach Kristi Hill. “Losing Lizbeth Aceves from the starting setter position will be our only difficult task to conquer.”
Coached by Hill for the past three years, the Williams team strives for annual improvement, with a focus on defensive tactics. The Yellowjackets could be a high contender for playoffs in the Mid-Valley League but will face some tough teams in the quest, including Hamilton, East Nicolaus, and Durham.
“We ran really close with these teams last year, losing each set by just a few points,” Hill said. “This year, I believe we can compete at a higher level and will find more victories than in years past.”
Williams will welcome back seven seniors this season, including starter Estefania Bermudez, who led the Yellowjackets in kills and attacks last year. Back on the court for the first time since 2017, Jackie Rivera, also a senior, will be a force to be reckoned with both at the net and the service line.
“We have several starters from JV last year that will add both a defensive and offensive edge to our game. Rivera, Bermudez, and Aracely Reyes will be a strong force at the net for us,”said Hill.
Picking up not a single league win last year is one outcome the Jackets look to change this year.
“We have the skill set to claim more wins early in the season, plus league play,” Hill added. “I’m looking forward to watching this team come together and exploit their power.” ■